Oregon summer festivals get underway: Britt, Oregon Bach, Sunriver, Willamette Valley, and more

Posted on: June 13, 2022

“Concerts are back in a big way this summer,” writes James Bash in Wednesday’s (6/8) Oregonian. The Oregon Bach Festival’s June 12 performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor “will be led by American conductor Kazem Abdullah, who is one of the candidates for the festival’s artistic director…. [At] Britt Music and Arts Festival … baritone Davóne Tines … will sing … ‘VIGIL,’ created by Tines, Dutch-English composer Igee Dieudonné and Matthew Aucoin in response to the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2020. Another powerful statement will be Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony under the baton of Teddy Abrams…. [Portland-based festival Makrokosmos Project will feature] Latinx composers [including] Marcos Balter, inti figgis-vizueta, Manuel Valera, Tania León, Nathalie Joachim, Gabriela Lena Frank and Angélica Negrón….Chamber Music Northwest [will present] Alistair Coleman’s Flute Quintet … in its West Coast premiere … ‘Darshan’ by Indian American composer Reena Esmail … for solo violin … [and] Andy Akiho’s ‘Seven Pillars’ with Sandbox Percussion…. The Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival [will present Esmail’s] string quartet, ‘Zeher’ [and] Kevin Day’s String Quartet No. 5….. Sunriver Music Festival [will be led by] newly appointed artistic director and conductor Brett Mitchell.”